healthy snacks

By Delta Dental on Tuesday, September 1, 2020


3 healthy snacks your kids will love

When kids get home from school, they are usually hungry and headed towards the snack drawer. Incorporating fruits and whole grains into your kids’ snacks delivers them essential nutrients that boosts their overall health and gives many other benefits. 

Not only will these snacks satisfy your kids’ hunger, but it can help develop healthy eating habits! Try these 3 easy and healthy snacks:

Apple Nachos

Get your kids to eat an extra serving of fruit while satisfying their sweet tooth with these simple apple nachos:

  • Cut an apple into thin slices and lay them out on a plate.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Once the peanut butter is pourable, drizzle the peanut butter over your apple slices.
  • After your apple slices are covered in peanut butter, add your toppings of choice and sprinkle them over your dish. Consider chocolate chips, pretzels, coconut flakes, dried fruit, and granola.

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No Bake Energy Bites

These No Bake Energy Bites are a perfect afternoon snack that taste amazing and will hold your kids over until dinner:

  • Gather your ingredients: 1 cup of old-fashioned oats, ¼ cup of honey, 1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup of mini chocolate chips, ¼ cup of dried cranberries, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Roll the mixture into small balls – makes around 16
  • To make them firmer and less sticky, place them onto parchment paper and place them into the fridge for around 20 minutes

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Strawberry Planks

This recipe is a quick and easy way to get your kids to eat more fruit and it takes less than five minutes to prepare:

  • Break graham cracker rectangles along the long-dotted line
  • Once you have four rectangles, spread cream cheese evenly over the crackers
  • Cut your strawberries into slices and arrange them on each rectangle

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